Research

 

The Dyslexia Phenotype Project involves a large-scale collaboration of UCSF investigators to understand the phenotype (the neural, genetic, cognitive, and behavioral expression) of dyslexia throughout the lifespan. Our aim is not only to identify language-specific weaknesses associated with dyslexia, but also the associated individual strengths.

Risk for developing a reading disorder can be estimated before children learn to read. Early screening and intervention approaches are well studied and a variety of approaches have been suggested.

The research team does clinical trials of novel pharmacologic, nutraceutical agents and brain training interventions in the laboratory and evaluates the effectiveness of these interventions in outcome studies in school settings and clinical practices.

A wide range of social and emotional characteristics, such as resiliency, motivation, and stereotype threat, can emerge in dyslexics as they struggle to read in a traditional setting. Understanding the characteristics that may emerge as a result of dyslexia may help to remediate some of the additional struggles related to the disability, but also may help us understand those who thrive despite (or because of) being identified with dyslexia.

In 2015, we will start a large-scale neuroimaging study looking at how children learning two (or more) languages learn to read from kindergarten to 3rd grade.

Dyslexia is a brain trait, and as such, is not something to be cured. Many individuals with dyslexia learn to overcome their troubles with reading and spelling and thrive in their professional lives, particularly when they choose careers that focus on their strengths.

Researchers in the UCSF Dyslexia Center are developing new tools for doctors to help recognize if a child is at risk for developing dyslexia later.

You know where your eye color and height came from, but do you ever wonder where your temperament and thinking style came from? Is it all in the genes, or from your environment or both? No one knows exactly and our UCSF Research Team is seeking the answer to this question right now using the latest technology in neuroscience.

Researchers in the UCSF Dyslexia Center are committed to publishing the results of their studies so that everyone can learn about new discoveries.